Phil Lesh Gives The Gift Of A Mike Gordon-Assisted Surprise Third Set For 84th Birthday At The Capitol Theatre [Videos/Audio]

Phil Lesh Gives The Gift Of A Mike Gordon-Assisted Surprise Third Set For 84th Birthday At The Capitol Theatre [Videos/Audio]

Phil Lesh celebrated his 84th birthday doing what he does finest, enjoying Grateful Dead music at The Capitol Theatre. The founding Dead bassist returned to his house away from house in Port Chester, NY on Friday for the third evening of his five-show residency and—although Lesh was the birthday boy—he had loads of presents for the sold-out crowd.

The largest present of all was when Phil Lesh and Friends put a bow on the live performance with an prolonged encore/mini third set that includes Phish bassist Mike Gordon. When Capitol Theatre proprietor and jam impresario Peter Shapiro got here out to ship his conventional birthday toast, the cake was hand-delivered by Gordon himself together with Phil’s younger grandson Levon (son of Amy Helm who sang with the band that evening). Together, Lesh and Gordo teamed up for a dual-bass assault that rumbled The Cap by Dead staples “Estimated Prophet”, “Let It Grow”, and “Sugar Magnolia”—all initially sung by Lesh’s estranged Dead bandmate Bob Weir. This time round, Mike Gordon dealt with vocals on the infectiously constructive “Sugar Magnolia” for a jovial present nearer.

Another of Lesh’s many presents to the viewers was the addition of rising cosmic nation gunslinger Daniel Donato for his inaugural Phil & Friends gig. The guitarist joined the established lineup of Phil’s previous Friends Jason CrosbyJohn Molo, Helm, and his “finest pal,” son Grahame Lesh, who all carried out with him at their earlier present on Wednesday. Donato was a superb addition to the herd, taking the lead early with a serene studying of “They Love Each Other” and later helming a rockabilly “Promised Land”, with the 28-year-old’s nubile voice contrasting extra road-tested pipes from Helm and the elder Lesh. Alongside the youthful Lesh, Donato helped kind a symphony of six-strings additional bolstering Grahame’s deservedly versatile status earned from having the ability to symbiotically gel with any Friend his father decides to name up for the night.

Then there was the musical present of the band’s impressed enjoying all through the night. After charging out of the gate with “Cosmic Charlie”, “They Love Each Other”, and a singalong “Friend of the Devil”, the group went deep within the first set with “Bird Song”. Led by Phil, the vocal efficiency soared with harmonies from Grahame, Donato, and Helm, with Crosby selecting up his fiddle for the following improvisation which wove his strings with these from Grahame and Daniel right into a psychedelic tapestry.

In the conspicuously transient 55-minute second set, Phil delivered a touching telling of “Box of Rain” that couldn’t assist however immediate reflection on the person Phil was when he wrote that track for his dying father in 1970 to the person he’s now over half a century later. Other sonic highlights included the 2 halves of “Viola Lee Blues” divided within the center by “Bertha” and eventually the climatic, explorative “Eyes of the World” that wrapped the second body.

Lastly, Lesh after all received his personal current forward of the mini third set. When Shapiro got here out to ship his toast and Lesh’s cake, he showered Lesh with reward and appreciation for his lifetime dedication to looking for the sound, saying “You’re a f–ing inspiration to all of us. You confirmed us, all of us gotta try this once we’re 84.” The effusive Lesh threw it proper again on the crowd for a present of gratitude that retains on giving.

“Thank you for every little thing you deliver to our music,” Phil mentioned. “This is as a lot your music as it’s ours, since you give us the inspiration to succeed in for it.”

Check out movies and audio from Phil Lesh & Friends with particular visitor Mike Gordon at The Capitol Theatre on Friday. Phil & Friends return to The Capitol Theatre tonight, March sixteenth, to wrap the five-show residency. Tickets are bought out.

Phil Lesh & Friends — “Cosmic Charlie”, “They Love Each Other” [Pro-Shot] — 3/15/24

Phil Lesh & Friends — “Promised Land” (Chuck Berry), “Box Of Rain” [Pro-Shot] — 3/15/24

Phil Lesh & Friends, Mike Gordon — “Estimated Prophet” — 3/15/24

[Video: monihampton]

Phil Lesh & Friends, Mike Gordon — “Sugar Magnolia” — 3/15/24

[Video: monihampton]

Phil Lesh & Friends — The Capitol Theatre — Port Chester, NY — 3/15/24 — Full Audio

[Audio: cabinetmusic]

Setlist: Phil Lesh & Friends | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 3/15/24

Set One: Cosmic Charlie, They Love Each Other, Friend Of The Devil, Bird Song, Jack-A-Roe, Brokedown Palace

Set Two: Promised Land (Chuck Berry), Box Of Rain, Viola Lee Blues (Cannon’s Jug Stompers), Bertha > Viola Lee Blues, Eyes Of The World

Set Three: Happy Birthday, Estimated Prophet [1], Let It Grow [1], Sugar Magnolia [1]
[1] w/ Mike Gordon

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